Javeleon Plaza is a recently designed square in the urban grid of the historical centre of Lepanto. Over the past few years, the neighbourhood suffers from the general degradation. The square needed to be reorganized, in order to become functional and attractive for citizens of all ages.
The main idea of the project is a new terrain. A topography that could unify and organize the entire space of the new extended square and redirect the perception of users to a new urban center. Additionally, a large central axis was created to project the intense urban life and activities. A linear, multifunctional and undefined area surrounded by trees and enriched with urban equipment such as seating areas, toys, bins and lighting fixtures.
The new terrain of the square hosts various activities with flexible boundaries depending on daily needs. The center of Lepanto did not have a multifunctional space that allows different uses for several conditions. The spatial organization does not set activities in fixed locations, but intends to allow various forms of temporary events, such theatrical and musical performances, flea markets or ball games.
The diagonal direction of the paving and its different colors with high contrast allows a clear reading of the topography of the square and points out its special character in the urban grid of the city. Both the paving texture and the road design were intended to encourage the pedestrian’s priority. The removal of parking slots and the paved traffic lanes is a clear example of this gesture.
The renovation of the square maximizes the area of the sidewalks and includes redistribution and strengthening of the green space. The large palm trees, a characteristic feature of Javeleon Square, are transplanted on both sides of the central axis in order to create a natural vertical filter. Planting clearly defines the different uses of the square without additional obstacles or dividers.
The urban furniture was designed and installed taking into account the new topographic conditions, the architectural elements and the trees that are spread on the axis of the square, leaving the space free in front of the building blocks for free movement of pedestrians and the possibility of additional ephemeral functions.
The lighting of the square is divided into 2 typologies. One in the central axis of activities with low lighting poles and a second in the perimeter of the streets that provides a higher level of lighting making the plaza safe at night and suitable for all types of activities.
The respect, the restoration and the reconstruction of the public space of Lepanto is the intention of this proposal. The innovation of the project results from an in-depth analysis of the current situation in terms of their characteristics and peculiarities. Javeleon Plaza will offer to citizens of Lepanto the "in-situ" joy of discovering the nature and the history, familiarity with the built environment and social coexistence in a completely safe and cohesive environment.